Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thieves Review (2012)

Drama Rating: ****
Personal Rating: All time favourite!!

A gang of South Korean professional thieves team up with another group from Hong Kong under the direction of team leader Macau Park to steal a precious diamond necklace from a securely guarded safe in a casino suite in Macu. Will the thieves make it out with the treasure smoothly?  And what is Macau Park's real agenda?

*Spoiler warning*

Comparisons with Ocean's Eleven are inevitable as the similarities with that hit movie are quite remarkable. However, despite the comparable early plot sequences, the inherent conflict between the characters and their competing objectives make this Korean version stand apart. The intrigue is intricately masterful with well thought-out plot twists and great verbal sparring between characters. Surprise after surprise in the script makes this movie entertainment that satisfies on so many levels. Aside from minor credibility holes here and there, a job very well done!

The cast was superb and brought life to the movie. Despite the few scenes given to each individual character, their personal situations were quickly and concisely summarized. Each one's quirks, habits and raison d'etre were very effectively portrayed by the all star ensemble and left an indelible impression on me despite the short, total screen time of each one.  Each actor/actress definitely made full use of their time to put in memorable performances.

The background effects and music for this movie were very well suited for the various scenes, providing the necessary tension, atmosphere and excitement all around.

Thieves is a top-notch movie with a well-thought-out storyline and superb execution by the cast. It is no surprise this is (at the time of this writing) the second highest top-grossing movie in South Korean history. The character resolutions are thoroughly satisfying and the twists and turns make this movie incredibly exciting as your views and opinions are continually challenged and change throughout. Definitely a must see heist thriller!

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